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Wed May 04, 2005 10:13 am

what is the difference between airline and aiways? I noticed some carriers use one or the other?
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RE: Airlines/Airways?

Wed May 04, 2005 10:48 am

I believe it is nothing more than a question of semantics and is truly irrelevant. Passengers rarely use an airline's full name anyway - It's "AirTran", not "AirTran Airways"; "American", not "American Airlines", etc.

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RE: Airlines/Airways?

Wed May 04, 2005 10:56 am

People always say British Airways or BA. It is really a preference thing. I prefer Airways.
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RE: Airlines/Airways?

Wed May 04, 2005 11:05 am

I don`t know where the difference is, but I like the sound of "Airlines" better than "Airways".
There are some combinations of names like British Airways where "Airways" fits better and some like American Airlines where "Airlines" is the better term.

Perhaps there`s a British teacher or linguist who can tell us the real difference...

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RE: Airlines/Airways?

Wed May 04, 2005 11:25 am

Tom-a-to Tom-ah-to

Same thing
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RE: Airlines/Airways?

Wed May 04, 2005 5:02 pm

Not quite the same thing. Here are two extracts from the Collins English Dictionary

airline n an organization that provides scheduled flights for passengers or cargo

airway n a route used regularly by aircraft

So on this basis it is British routes used regularly by aircraft and American organization that provides scheduled flights.

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RE: Airlines/Airways?

Wed May 04, 2005 6:56 pm

Use which sounds better.
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